Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- November 29, 2016
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Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries and death. This is due to the fact that motorcycle riders have less protection. To improve safety while on the road, it is important for motorcyclists to be aware of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Understanding what causes these accidents can help motorcyclists be aware of them, so they can avoid these dangerous situations.
Collisions involving motorcycles and other vehicles account for the majority of motorcycle accident deaths. In most cases, cars strike motorcycles from the front. Head-on collisions between typical vehicles and motorcycles often cause serious injuries and even death to motorcyclists.
Cars making left-hand turns
Cars making left-hand turns may create dangerous situations for motorcyclists. A turning car may strike a motorcycle when a motorcyclist goes straight through intersections, passes cars, or when they try to overtake cars.
Lane splitting occurs when motorcycles drive between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars. Splitting lanes is a common reason for motorcycle accidents because of (1) the close proximity of cars to motorcycles, (2) the reduced space motorcycles have to maneuver, and (3) the fact that cars don’t always anticipate motorcycles to be pulling up next to them in slowed traffic.
Speeding and alcohol use
More than half of motorcycle accidents are caused by speeding or alcohol use. Motorcycle accidents involving speeding or alcohol may result in death or serious injury.
Motorcycle riders face higher dangers from road hazards than other vehicles. Potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven heights between lanes, and other unexpected objects in the road may cause a serious safety threat to motorcyclists.
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